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Visit the world's leading international trade fair for embedded systems in Nuremberg, Germany and learn more about PLCnext Technology.

At the Phoenix Contact booth, discover PLCnext Technology, the ecosystem for limitless automation that meets all the requirements of the IoT world. The combination of an open control platform (PLCnext Control), modular engineering software (PLCnext Engineer) and systemic cloud integration enables simple adaptation to changing requirements and efficient use of existing and future software services. With PLCnext Store, Phoenix Contact offers the PLCnext community an open trading platform for your software functions.


Would you like a picture of you in the PLCnext Technology world, too?
Then come visit us in Hall 3, Booth 3-241


Post your PLCnext Technology picture and share it with the PLCnext Community on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook, using the hashtag #iamplcnext


Experience a larger world of automation technology from Phoenix Contact and rethink automation.

#PLCnext #enhance


2018 is already almost over and we still can’t believe everything that has happened. What a year it has been:

The PLCnext Community is growing day by day and we are so happy that you are a part of it. We can’t wait for what’s to come in 2019 – so stay tuned.

Until then we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

Your PLCnext Team

Ever wondered what Phoenix Contact employees thought about PLCnext Technology? Well, wonder no more. We asked them for you and they delivered. Watch the first of four videos now on YouTube with Björn Sauer. He is a software engineer at Phoenix Contact and experienced the advantages of programming with PLCnext Control first hand. The video is in German but is available with English subtitles. 

YouTube: PLC programming by combining numerous programming languages

Or read Oliver Fischer’s article on LinkedIn. Fischer works in Sales here at Phoenix Contact and witnesses how this new automation platform changes the company. The article is available in German. 

LinkedIn: Who PLCnext Technology changes Phoenix Contact  

Caution: Please log into your LinkedIn Account before klicking this link. Thank you!


You want to find out more about PLCnext Technology? – Even better.

Visit us at the Hannover Messe between 23-27, April in Hall 9.

Discuss your ideas with our experts, ask your questions, or bring your own application example.
We can’t wait to see you there.


#plcnext #enhance

Two weeks ago we started the series on Phoenix Contact employees telling us more about PLCnext Technology. Now it’s time for Round 2. Find out what Steffen Kauth and Jörg Krimpenfort have to say about new opportunities with PLCnext Technology for young engineers and how our fast-paced lives today changes buying-decisions.

Watch the second video now on YouTube with Jörg Krimpenfort who is Head of Engineering at Phoenix Contact. The video is in German but is available with English subtitles. 

YouTube: Open platform for future-oriented application development 

Then go on and read on LinkedIn what Steffen Kauth, Product Manager for Control Systems, thinks of PLCnext Technology. The article is in English. Please remember, due to technical circumstances please be logged in to your LinkedIn Account before clicking on this Link.

LinkedIn: Do you know what automation technology will look like tomorrow? 


You want to find out more about PLCnext Technology? – Even better.

Visit us at the Hannover Messe between 23-27, April in Hall 9.

Discuss your ideas with our experts, ask your questions, or bring your own application example.
We can’t wait to see you there.


#plcnext #enhance

Our expert Götz Jäckel explains to you in detail how to start off your experience with PLCnext Control.
How do you connect the embedded controller with PC Worx Engineer or I/O devices? How can you use PLCnext Control as a classic PLC? Find all your answers here!
The videos are in German but have English subtitles.

Tutorial: How to connect the embedded controller PLCnext Control with PC Worx Engineer?

This tutorial explains the startup of PLCnext Control with the programming tool PC Worx Engineer, shows the connection of the PLC and how to program it with PC Worx Engineer.


Tutorial: How to connect to and test I/O devices on the PLCnext Control with PC Worx Engineer?

The how-to shows the connection of Axioline F I/O modules to the PLCnext Control with PC Worx Engineer. It further explains how to connect I/O devices to the PLC and how to test them


Tutorial: How to use the embedded controller PLCnext Control as a classic PLC?

This technical tutorial explains how to use the PLCnext Control as a classic programmable logic controller. It also shows programming according to IEC 61131 in a new project in which the in- and outputs of I/O modules are created, transferred to and tested at the PLCnext Control.



The Achema innovation champions were honored on 12th June 2018 and PLCnext Technology won in the category Instrumentation, Control & Automation. In eight overall categories, the most innovative products were chosen from five shortlist candidates out of about 100 entries. Additionally, there were awards in the three special categories Flexible Production, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Logistics, and Biotech for Chemistry, based on the main topics of the Achema fair. At the award ceremony in Frankfurt, the shortlist candidates and prize winners celebrated with approximately 250 guests.


Shortlisted companies in the category Instrumentation, Control & Automation:

  • Blue Ocean Nova AG, Tellus, Triton,
  • Envea – SWR Engineering Messtechnik GmbH, Paddy
  • Festo AG & Co. KG, Festo Motion Terminal VTEM
  • Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, PLCnext Technology
  • Sopat GmbH,Sopat VI Atex

We are very honored about this Award.


#PLCnext #enhance

 The PLCnext Control AXC F 2152 is honored as Winner with the German Innovation Award in the category Connectivity. The industry controller won through over 650 competitors in 34 categories. The award was presented to Wilfried Lücking, Holger Meyer, Ulrich Leidecker today, 6th June 2018 at the Deutschen Technikmuseum in Berlin.

The process to find the most deserving product or project is unique: Companies can only participate if they were nominated by the expert panels and scouts of the German Design Council. This process guarantees the awards independence and excellence.

The German Innovation Award honors products and solutions across industries that primarily focus on the user and have an added value compared to previous solutions. The award is conferred by the German Design Council. The jury comprises independent, interdisciplinary industry, science, institution, and finance experts. The evaluation criteria of all submissions are level of innovation, user benefit, and efficiency.

We are very excited about this award.

#PLcnext #enhance


Last week, at the annual PNO Plugfest, over 60 people from over 20 different companies connected and tested their Profinet devices in order to establish a stable connection. At the event, all main Profinet Technologies were tested e.g. PROFIdrive, PROFIenergy and the High Availability Profile.

As part of the Profinet Plugfest, Phoenix Contact tested several Profinet devices and controllers such as the new PLCnext Control AXC F 2152. Apart from the PLCnext Control, the company also tested 2 Profinet Devices, which are still in development, with the Profinet redundancy (S2 redundancy). During testing, small vulnerabilities were found that can now be used to purposefully continue and finalize the development. Due to the large number of present Profinet devices, realistic tests of larger plants were able to be carried out. Even here, bugs were found in the detail which can now be resolved quickly.


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